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Prime Minister Yildirim: "Our Nation Has Prevented The Suspension of Democracy And National Will?

Image Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, after the coup attempt of the separatist terrorist organization of Fetullah Gülen (FETÖ) held a press conference with Chief of General Staff General Hulusi Akar, Interior Minister Efkan Ala, Minister of Defence Fikri Işık and Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ and answered the questions of the press. Yıldırım stated that the 15th of July is a “Black spot in Turkish democracy”, "The name of the noble nation, who was on democracy guard last night during the coup attempt against parallel terrorist gang but returned to normal life in the morning, is the Turkish nation. I applaud all the members of my nation, all my citizens who stood against this parallel terrorist gang and took to the squares with their flags." he continued.

Turkish-Americans in NorCal Worry About Loved Ones in Turkey

Image SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —As an attempted military coup played out Friday a world away in Turkey, Turkish-Americans in the Sacramento area worried about their loved ones in the volatile country. During the violent and chaotic night, at least 60 people were killed and 1,000 people were wounded. A total of 1,563 military officers were detained across Turkey after some military units failed to take over the government, a source with President Recep Erdogan’s office told CNN. Several families in Northern California were split up during the unrest because family members traveled to Turkey on vacation.

Turkish Military Faction Attempts Uprising, Prime Minister Says

ImageNPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Reuters reporter Ayla Jean Yackley about the attempted coup in Turkey. The Turkish prime minister said there has been "an attempted uprising from within the military." It is unclear who is in control of Turkey at this moment. The prime minister has told a television network that there is an uprising within the military, this in a country that has a history of military takeovers. There are reports of tanks and soldiers in the streets of the capital Ankara, as well as major roads closed in Istanbul. We're joined now by Reuters reporter Ayla Jean Yackley, who is in Istanbul. Welcome to the program.

Unrest Overseas Worries Turkish Community In Chicago

(CBS) ? The attempted military coup in Turkey has stunned members of Chicago?s Turkish-American community. Many are worried about family members in Turkey, currently in the middle of the unrest. CBS 2?s Dana Kozlov reports. You?ll hear the same thing over and over from former and current Turkish residents: No one expected this. They waited Friday, nervously, to see how it would play out.

Western Massachusetts Turkish community reacts to Attempted Military Coup

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An attempt by members of the Turkish military to overthrow their government left at least 161 people dead Saturday morning. Gunfire and explosions rocked Turkey’s capital of Ankara and the main city of Istanbul Friday night into Saturday morning. A faction of the Turkish military launched the coup using helicopters and tanks. At 11:25 p.m. local time, the Turkish military issued a statement saying they had taken control of the country and imposed martial law. Turkey’s president, Recep Erdogan had been on vacation when the coup was launched. He called upon citizens to go to the streets to fight for democracy.

Local Turkish Americans Speak Out Against Military Coup

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Turkish Americans in the Miami Valley came together Saturday to speak out against the failed military coup. Turkish Americans meeting in Dayton say they want peace restored in their county. And they want to know that anyone involved in the coup, will be held responsible. “We need unity among our community,” Turkish American Community Center President Islom Shakhbandarov said. “We need solidarity among our community.

Turkey Demands Extradition of Fethullah Gulen from US

Image US-Turkish tensions have grown after government forces put down an attempted coup on Friday night. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused exiled Turkish businessman and cleric Fethullah Gulen of orchestrating the violence and is demanding that the US extradite him. Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, denied any involvement and condemned the coup attempt.

What's Behind Turkey's Coup & Purge?

Image By Brandon Turbeville - mintpressnews.com - Protesters hold a giant Turkish flag as they gather in Taksim Square in Istanbul, Monday, July 18, 2016. Turkey's Interior Ministry has fired nearly 9,000 police officers, bureaucrats and others and detained thousands of suspected plotters following a foiled coup against the government, Turkey's state-run news agency reported Monday. Protesters hold a giant Turkish flag as they gather in Taksim Square in Istanbul, Monday, July 18, 2016. Turkey’s Interior Ministry has fired nearly 9,000 police officers, bureaucrats and others and detained thousands of suspected plotters following a foiled coup against the government, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported Monday.

The Empire of the US-based Imam Accused in the Turkish Coup Attempt

Image The ’Splainer (as in, “You’ve got some ’splaining to do”) is an occasional feature in which RNS gives you everything you need to know about current events to help you hold your own at a cocktail party. (RNS) Turkey’s crackdown of those suspected in the failed July 15 military coup widens, with the firing of 492 people at its top Islamic authority. And Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is zeroing in on a Muslim cleric living in rural Pennsylvania, whom he accuses of masterminding the coup. Reclusive Turkish imam Fethullah Gulen, who lives in a gated compound in the Poconos, denies involvement and disavows violence. Erdogan is pressuring the U.S. to extradite Gulen, but Secretary of State John Kerry, rejecting insinuations that the U.S. was involved in the coup, said it awaits a formal extradition request and proof of Gulen’s involvement.

What Would the U.S. Do If the Turkish Military's Coup Attempt Had Succeeded?

Image Had Turkey’s military succeeded in toppling President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last Friday, by seizing and consolidating power, and the public acquiesced, how would the U.S. have reacted? Counterfactuals are, of course, impossible to game out. But that thought experiment shows the difficulty the U.S. might have faced trying to reconcile its interest in a stable Turkey with its commitment to a democratic one. The problem of reconciling U.S. values and interests isn’t limited to Turkey, though those issues might be at the fore this week; this pertains to several partners in the Middle East.
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